His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020 conference, taking place from November 15-19. Tasked with overseeing the infrastructure and development projects for the FIFA World Cup 2022TM, H.E. Mr. Al Thawadi will address the interrelationship of health and the Middle East’s first-ever World Cup.
He will join a host of expert Qatari and Qatar-based voices drawn from academia, industry, and healthcare providers at the biennial event, taking place virtually for the first time as a result of the current pandemic. They will hold discussions that address a global community of healthcare leaders on topics such as precision medicine, dementia, and cancer care. In addition to delivering his speech, H.E. Mr. Al Thawadi will join an international panel discussing health challenges in major sporting events.
Explaining the importance of having strong local representation at the global summit, WISH CEO Sultana Afdhal said: “WISH has been an active contributor to the continued development of healthcare policy in Qatar within the framework of Qatar’s National Health Strategy. We believe it’s important to invite Qatar’s leaders to share their knowledge and lessons learned with our global community, so we were very happy when H.E. Mr. Al Thawadi agreed to speak at WISH this year in order to share his experience of leading the planning of a major world event. We’re also pleased that many other representatives of local organizations will be part of our event this year.”
Other Qatar-led discussions will be held around the topics of nursing and of child and adolescent mental health. Local speakers include representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, University of Calgary in Qatar Genome Programme, Sidra Medicine, and from WISH itself. Qatar-based panelists will be joined by leading international counterparts.